The social network Gab – which is trying to establish itself as the main gathering place for ultra-right Internet users or defenders of total freedom of expression in the United States and elsewhere in the world – has been the victim of hacking. A hacker was able to steal and transfer the data of more than 15,000 users, revealed the magazine Wired Sunday February 28.
These data have not been published but may be distributed by the activist site Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), add Wired, who was able to verify the authenticity of the files. DDoSecrets promises that this data from Gab and obtained by a hacker – whose identity remains unknown – will be made available only “For researchers and journalists” who ask to study them or to verify their authenticity.
According to the organization DDoSecrets, the file contains about 70 gigabytes of data from Gab: among them, messages, usernames and passwords encrypted by an algorithm, but also many private conversations held between users. The data contains for example, according to Wired, the illegible password of former US President Donald Trump and Republican conspiratorial elected Marjorie Taylor-Greene, both of whom have Gab accounts.
Contacted by the American magazine, Gab first reacted on February 26 in a press release, attacking the journalist and claiming that no data theft had been discovered. But the text also specifies that a security flaw has been discovered and sealed previously: the same security flaw used, according to Wired, to steal Gab’s data.
Finally, Gab CEO Andrew Torba posted on Sunday, after the article from Wired, a new press release declaring that his account as well as that of Donald Trump had in particular been compromised.
An organization inspired by WikiLeaks
The Distributed Denial of Secrets group, motivated by political goals, is largely inspired by WikiLeaks: its activists have been publishing or indexing illegally acquired databases for several years, most often by hackers not affiliated with the organization.
Group member Emma Best explained to Wired that this information from Gab constituted ” a gold mine “ for people interested in “Militias, [aux] neo-nazis, [à] the extreme right, [à] QAnon, and everything related to January 6 [aux Etats-Unis] ” – date on which supporters of Donald Trump invaded the Capitol in Washington.
In June 2020, Distributed Denial of Secrets also published the Blue Leaks, 256 gigabytes of confidential data related to the American police and coming from a large number of law enforcement agencies.
The organization now offers on its site links to dozens of databases from various hacks, going as far as indexing and making available confidential documents initially stolen by ransomware groups, cybercriminals who ransom companies. in the whole world. DDoSecrets, for example, makes available to journalists and researchers an archive stolen from the law firm Jones Day by the criminal group Cl0p, well known in the ransomware world. The militant organization ensures that it only publishes data of public interest.